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POST, n.2, v.1 Sc. usages:

I. n. A letter-carrier, formerly applied to a courier carrying mails, a post-carrier or -messenger, in mod. usage of a G.P.O. postman (Abd. 1712 Session Papers, Ritchie v. Craig (22 Jan. 1782) 22; Sc. 1881 A. Mackie Scotticisms 25). Gen.Sc. and in Eng. dial. Dim. form postie, -y, id. (Fif., Lth. 1920 Wilson Cent. Scot. 260). Gen.Sc. Combs. †post-ship, a contract for the carrying of mails, †town post, the official post-carrier of a town. Fif. 1712–14 W. C. Dickinson Two Students (1952) 69, 73:
Your Ho[nour] may send me the ballance of the last Accompt by the Bearer John Robertson Town-post here . . . To Robertson the Post for a letter he brought us — 2s.
Ags. 1716 L. Macbean Kirkcaldy Burgh Rec. (1908) 237:
Allows the treasurer to set the postship to John Orrock, hyrer, as principle, and Edward Harrison, as cautioner.
Bnff. 1720 Records Bnff. (S.C.) 398:
George Brebner former post for the shyre of Banff.
Sc. 1722 R. Wodrow Sufferings iii. ii. s. 4:
The first Accounts of Matters of this Nature are not readily the best, and 'tis the lame Post brings the surest News.
Sc. 1744 Forfeited Estate Papers (S.H.S.) 17:
To 18 days subsistence for Riddle the Groom at 8d. a day, and for the glyd Post at 6d.
Ayr. 1794 E. Frykman J. Galt (1959) 73:
A list of inhabitants in the Burgh of Irvine, dated June 1794, includes “Alexander Dickie, post.”
Crm. 1834 H. Miller Scenes (1857) 370:
The post who, about half a century ago, travelled over this terminal stage six times every week was an elderly Highlander of the Clan Munro.
ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays and Leg. 35:
News, I tell ye postie never Brocht sic news fae toon!
Ags. 1889 Barrie Tillyloss Scandal 88:
Gavin, who is the Glen Quharity post, is still young.
Per. 1895 I. Maclaren Auld Langsyne 283:
A' dinna think muckle o' beer observed Posty; there's nae fushion in't.
s.Sc. 1904 W. G. Stevenson Glen Sloken 27:
It took Tammas, the porter, an' Dauvit an' posty to gie 'er a docky doon aff the van.
Edb. 1926 A. Muir Blue Bonnet iii.:
The posty chapping at the door.
Abd. 1941 Abd. Bon-Accord (27 Nov.) 12:
Jist as she wis feenishin', . . . the post cam' roon the neuk.
Sh. 1958 New Shetlander No. 48. 9:
Willie Postie came to the door today wi (according to him) a back-burden o naethin idder bit cattylogs an circ'lars.

II. v. 1. To convey, accompany, carry in the manner of a post. Obs. in Eng. in 17th c.; to act as a postman (ne.Sc. 1966). Kcd. 1844 W. Jamie Muse 76:
He couldna stand his lane Till twa, ane on ilka side, Did post him to his Jean.
Mry. 1965 Northern Scot (8 May) 5:
O Willie Wink has postit noo for mair than twenty year.

2. Ppl.adj. postit, inquisitive (Fif. 1966), phs. extension of mod. colloq. Eng. and U.S. posted, up-to-date with one's information, au fait.

[O.Sc. post, a messenger, post-rider, 1507, to run the post, to act as a courier, 1507.]

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